Porto Moniz is situated on the north-western tip of the island and is a major wine growing and fishing region for the island. Owing to its remoteness, Porto Moniz was self-sufficient until very recently, its population lived off its own cultivated terraces and from local caught fish. The onset of tourism, however, has opened up this sheltered harbour town.
The natural seawater pools at Porto Moniz are a popular tourist attraction. The pools are formed on the seashore in the volcanic rock and allow visitors to bathe and sun themselves, whilst buffered from the sometimes rough northern seas.